Trust and Co-operative Alternatives team up again for Community Shares

The Building Change Trust and Co-operative Alternatives are excited to announce the extension of their highly successful Community Shares Ready! Programme. The project, which started in 2013, will run for… Read more

Group Advice is now available – apply today!

Group advice is a one-day, output-focused meeting between a specialist adviser and a number of co-ops requiring similar support Group advice is available for co-ops and community businesses at various… Read more

NICE community co-operative launched second community share offer

Demand increases for Share of ‘NICE’ green energy High demand for low cost electricity from a host of third sector organisations has prompted Northern Ireland’s only solar energy co-operative to… Read more

Raglan Group working to revitalise Ballymena building

Co-operative Alternatives continues its work with the Raglan Community Development Society in Ballymena on the development of an underused credit union building in Harryville, Ballymena. The group are being assisted… Read more

Success for co-op breweries

Community Shares in locally produced craft beer sold quicker than a cold pint on a hot summer’s day as Northern Ireland’s two brewery co-ops brought in new public investment that… Read more

Co-op Study Tour and public meeting hailed a great success

Tiziana O’Hara and Jo Bird the driving forces behind Co-operative Alternatives organised a very successful Study Tour of Northern Ireland Co-ops plus an international discussion on Co-op responses to Austerity… Read more

Join the Co-operative Convergence: Learn about co-ops in Northern Ireland

There has been a rise in the number of enterprises setting up as co-operatives as a response to austerity and the banking crisis – and now two events in Belfast… Read more

Why Community Shares should be supported

As interest in Community Shares in Northern Ireland continues to build, Co-Operative Alternatives Chair Jo Bird makes a case for increased funding to continue to develop this financial model here…. Read more